Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

10 Best Episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown - Season 8

Bourdain travels across the globe to uncover little-known areas of the world and celebrate diverse cultures by exploring food and dining rituals. Known for his curiosity, candor, and acerbic wit, Bourdain takes viewers off the beaten path of tourist destinations – including some war-torn parts of the world – and meets with a variety of local citizens to offer a window into their lifestyles, and occasionally communes with an internationally lauded chef on his journeys.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 20, 2023.

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#9 - Rome (Season 8 - Episode 9)

Bourdain visits Rome and his Roman holiday takes a cinematic turn, influenced by tour guides actress Asia Argento and director Abel Ferrara, and a host of larger-than-life Romans who take him inside a Rome for the locals.

The episode was rated 7.42 from 137 votes.

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#8 - Minas Gerais, Brazil (Season 8 - Episode 8)

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Bourdain explores the Brazilian heartland, home to baroque architecture, lush hillsides and mineiro cuisine which includes broiled chicken served in a sauce made using its own blood.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 137 votes.

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#7 - Buenos Aires (Season 8 - Episode 7)

A carouse through Argentina, where chicken is considered vegan and psychoanalysis is a part of everyday life. An inculcation to the thinning middle class, successful integration of multiculturalism and to their pastimes such as weekly carnivals, amateur football and laid back airplane counting.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 188 votes.

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#6 - London (Season 8 - Episode 4)

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Visiting London, post Brexit vote, Bourdain finds comfort in classic British cuisine including roast bone marrow at chef Fergus Henderson’s famed restaurant St. John, Scotch eggs at Princess Victoria Pub with Nigella Lawson, and pig’s trotter a la Pierre Koffman with chef Marco Pierre White at the Rudloe Arms, plus a meeting with revered artist Ralph Steadman at his studio.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 256 votes.

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#5 - Nashville (Season 8 - Episode 2)

Bourdain absorbs the tastes, sights and sounds of music city, from chef Josh Habiger's Catbird Seat and Bolton's famous hot chicken, to a night of cooking, drinking and rocking out with singer Alison Mosshart, and her bandmates. The episode features performances by The Kills, Dead Weather and Margo Price.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 233 votes.

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#4 - Houston (Season 8 - Episode 5)

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Looking beyond oil, NASA, and football, Bourdain explores Houston’s diverse cultures, taking in a Bollywood-style dance in a grocery store, a Quinceañera in suburban Pasadena, and the city’s slab car parade, while making time for Viet-Bayou crawfish, East Texas barbecue, and a Congolese-Cajun stew.

The episode was rated 7.73 from 215 votes.

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#3 - Sichuan with Eric Ripert (Season 8 - Episode 3)

Michelin star chef, and all around good sport, Eric Ripert is introduced to China and Sichuan province by host and good friend Bourdain. Bourdain takes Ripert to the Sichuan province capital, Chengdu, testing his endurance with mouth-numbing, sinisterly spicy meals (like green peppercorn fish). They also visit the world’s largest stone Buddha, seek out a local favorite rabbit head snack, and visit a legendary distillery for some Baijiu, a fermented sorghum wine. Ripert will never forget this trip.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 235 votes.

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#2 - Hanoi (Season 8 - Episode 1)

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Inspired by Graham Greene's words “... whatever you’re looking for, you will find here...” Bourdain joins the throngs of locals as he motorbikes through Vietnam’s capital, traverses its rapidly changing cityscape, and indulges in its singular cuisine with president Barack Obama, who, over a dish of Bun Cha, shares personal stories and reflects on his own international travels.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 329 votes.

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#1 - Japan with Masa (Season 8 - Episode 6)

Guided by world-renowned chef Masa Takayama, Bourdain’s return trip to Japan begins with a tour of outdoor food markets in Kanazawa where they sample uni, steak-sized oysters, and grilled eel liver, followed by a conversation with an ex-geisha at her teahouse, and comes full circle with a special omakase experience at Tokyo’s acclaimed Ginza restaurant, Sushi Koi, where Masa trained as an apprentice.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 234 votes.

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